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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Dodge Stratus body / paint problems

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 202012

Stratus 6-cyl

  • miles


04/20/2012 drove out of drive way down heading down the street to stop sign *(cul-de-sac) heard something like a bang...drove back in to drive way. Open hood...found an open gap on left side of cover showing time chain exposed...had a mechanic look over car, while he was checking under the engine, releasing a few bolts to repair saw timing chain guide had broken off causing time chain shift and go out of position causing the cover to bust open...I was told vehicle was not repairable. Due to the timing chain guide. Purchased in December 2011 failed components timing chain and timing chain guide and pulley.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 012011

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Heard and felt noise and vibration in steering wheel. Took car in for check up was told motor mounts (4) were needed.

- California, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 272008

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. While driving approximately 25-30 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle came to a complete stop and was unexpectedly rear-ended. The trunk sustained severe damage due to the massive impact. The rear spoiler detached from the trunk and went through the rear glass. There were no injuries. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The police was called to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 37,000. Updated 12/30/08. Updated 01/05/09.

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 152007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I have an 04 Stratus coupe I bought used, the dash is coming apart at the defroster vent. It seems to be coming apart at the seams. It only has 55000 miles on it. Updated 01/11/08. Updated

- Bogue Chitto, MS, USA

problem #1

May 072007


  • miles
I have an 04 Stratus coupe I bought new, the dash is coming apart at the defroster vent. It on has 7,500 miles on it and is garage kept.

- Niles, OH, USA

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